Held worldwide throughout the month of June to honor the historic Stonewall Inn uprising in 1969 in New York, LGBTQ+ Pride Month brings a bevy of activism and celebrations with marches, exhibits, dance parties and more. Many Florida communities host Pride events during season, but there’s still plenty of action this time of year. Here’s a guide for how to support the LGBTQ+ community in whichever manner you choose, whether it’s hitting the bike trail or watching live entertainment.
St. Augustine Pride March
House of Prism, St. Augustine’s LGBTQIA+ resource center for services from Project Dance for teens to Habitat for Humanity volunteerism, hosts the St. Augustine 2023 Pride Parade on June 17. Starting at the City Gate at 9:45 a.m., it winds south along St. George Street to the Plaza de la Constitución for guest speakers and performances.
In 1565, Spanish explorers established the oldest continually inhabited European settlement in the U.S. Known as the Ancient City or the Old City, St. Augustine charms residents and visitors to this day with its historic architecture, over 42 miles of barrier coastline and thriving hospitality scene. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following link.
Combine history and famous tunes at the Arsht Center on June 18. “Pride Anthems” depicts the LGBTQ+ movement through pop music. Broadway performers including A Strange Loop’s Jon-Michael Reese will belt out hits by Queen, Donna Summer, Lady Gaga and other legends that relate to LGBTQ+ matters and pure joy. A portion of proceeds benefits Pride Live and New York’s Stonewall National Monument Visitors Center due in 2024.
Known as the gateway to Latin America, the dynamic city of Miami is constantly evolving with the influx of new residents, visitors, businesses and brands from all over the world. There’s always something new and exciting to try, whether a starchitect-designed space, museum exhibit or hot restaurant. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following link.
Rev up the DeLorean time machine for a “Back to the Future” bash at the Cox Science Center and Aquarium on June 24. Compass LGBTQ Community Center’s 35th Anniversary Stonewall Ball benefits the Palm Beach County nonprofit’s programs and operations. Tiered tickets range from the VIP package for the silent auction, award ceremony, cocktail reception and performances to the Lightning after-party.
West Palm Beach sits on the mainland directly across from the island of Palm Beach. The growing city has become a destination in its own right for convention and performing art centers, hip restaurants and shopping of all kinds from major brands to vintage wares. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following link.
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Stonewall Parade & Performances
One of the state’s largest Pride events, Wilton Manors’ Stonewall Pride Parade and Street Festival returns with 100 participants and 50,000 spectators on June 17, at 3 p.m. Revelers can enjoy acts on seven stages including the Stonewall Pride Women’s Stage through early evening. The Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida’s “Disney Pride in Concert” comes to the Parker Playhouse from June 24-25.
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Wilton Manors, a city within Fort Lauderdale between I-95 and U.S. 1, is a tightknit, LGBTQ+-friendly community of professionals, creatives and colorful characters. Mom-and-pop businesses from boho cafés to a destination confectionery shop line Wilton Drive. Kayaks are a common mode of transportation around the canal-lined, certified wildlife habitat. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following link.
Pride Bike Rides
Jacksonville’s St. Johns Riverkeeper and The Jaxson are leading a guided bike tour of the local LGBTQ+ community’s long and storied past. Bring your own wheels or rent (Art Bikes Jax, ZenCog Bicycle Company) to learn about musicians to spots considered hallowed ground (June 17). The following weekend, meet at Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail’s Imeson trailhead for Trek Jacksonville Beach’s Lakeshore Pride Ride (June 25).
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Jacksonville, the largest city geographically in the contiguous U.S., boasts an incredible variety of green spaces and beaches, as well as prime waterfront from the Atlantic Ocean to St. Johns River with its iconic bridges. The city’s vast network of neighborhoods and islands further invites nonstop adventure. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following link.
LGBTQ+ History Exhibits
History Fort Lauderdale exhibits “Take Pride! A Retrospective of LGBTQ Life in South Florida” with photos and videos at the Galleria Mall through June 30. Not to be confused with New York’s pending Stonewall National Monument Visitors Center, the Stonewall National Museum, Archives & Library houses one of the largest LGBTQIA+ archives. The local institution recently partnered with NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale.
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Fort Lauderdale, the Venice of America, is a boater’s and beachgoer’s paradise. But it’s also home to a burgeoning art scene that spills over into art-centric neighborhoods and annual events.